Guardian Ad litem Office, 19th Circuit-child Advocate Manager
Company: Florida Department of Transportation
Location: Fort Pierce
Posted on: August 7, 2022
Requisition No: 630341
Agency: Justice Administrative Commission
Working Title: GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE, 19TH CIRCUIT-CHILD
ADVOCATE MANAGER - 21012940
Position Number: 21012940
Posting Closing Date: 07/29/2022
Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office
Guardian ad Litem Child Advocate Manager I
IMPORTANT! - Please navigate to the following website:
WWW.GUARDIANADLITEM.ORG to apply for this position:
* Click on "Career Opportunities" Icon
* Scroll down to the link titled, "Submit Your Guardian ad Litem
Employment Application Here"
* Complete the "mini" job application and attach your current
* Select ST. LUCIE for job location
* Send your GAL application and resume directly to
(PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THE PEOPLE
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Guardian ad Litem Program is Florida's award winning,
state-funded, child advocacy organization. With more than 10,000
volunteers and 900 employees, its primary focus is powerful and
effective "best interests" advocacy for Florida's abused, neglected
and abandoned children. Most of these children are abruptly removed
from their homes and sadly end up in out of home care. The
Program's mission - "FOR CHILDREN" - is achieved through operating
an innovative partnership of local community volunteer advocates
and professional staff. Utilizing a unique "child advocacy team"
approach, the Program strives to ensure that all dependent children
receive quality legal representation, a safe place to live and
increased focus on their physical, educational and emotional needs.
The Program's core values strongly reinforce and enhance its
mission. Those values are:
* Commitment to Children
* Communication Built on Trust
* Collective Empowerment
An excellent overview of the Guardian ad Litem Program can be found
at the WWW.GUARDIANADLITEM.ORG website.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
The Child Advocate Manager I position offers an extremely
interesting and challenging opportunity for job-seekers engaged in
a career of social work and family service. It provides a great
venue for increased professional growth and personal development.
You will experience and benefit from significant exposure to
critical aspects of child/family crisis intervention, partnering
with community-based support service agencies, attorneys and legal
"best interests" advocacy, knowledge of Florida statutes governing
child welfare, and coaching and consulting with locally-recruited,
child advocate volunteers. The daily working environment is
dynamic, fast-paced, intellectually and emotionally challenging and
satisfying! The Guardian ad Litem Program offers excellent
benefits, affordable health insurance plans and options, sick and
annual leave policies, free life insurance, a tuition waiver
program, holiday schedule and qualified participation in the
Florida Retirement System (FRS).
ABOUT THE WORK
The Child Advocate Manager I position encompasses a broad range of
managerial, consultative, administrative, advocacy and leadership
activities. The Child Advocate Manager may also supervise a group
of GAL child advocate volunteers. Some examples of a "typical"
working day may include the following:
* Consulting with assistant child advocate managers and members of
the child advocacy team
* Overseeing the work of GAL child advocate volunteers
* Gathering and documenting pertinent case information
* Providing best interests advocacy recommendations to the advocacy
team or to the court
* Preparing written reports to the court
* Attending internal and external case-related court hearings,
depositions, case plan conferences, dependency mediations,
staffings and meetings
* Visiting or consulting with assigned caseload children,
caregivers, schools or service providers
* Utilizing the organization's database and reporting systems
* Participating in internal and external training, meetings and
ABOUT THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The following are desirable knowledge, skills, abilities and traits
for prospective Child Advocate Manager I position candidates:
* Self-motivated and achievement oriented
* Strong desire to learn and pursue personal development
* Ability to take direction and work as part of a team
* Ability to effectively interact with and/or influence people of
* Ability to exercise discretion, respect privacy and maintain
* Strong organizational/time management skills and ability to meet
* Excellent oral, written and computer literacy skills
* Able to maintain a professional and effective demeanor in
emotional or traumatic situations
* Ability to coach, instruct and motivate volunteers
* Knowledge of case management, social support services and
concepts of child development
* Knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse, domestic violence,
substance abuse and mental health
* Knowledge of the Florida State Courts System
* Knowledge of Florida Statutes relating to child welfare and
ABOUT THE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
The following are education and experience requirements for
prospective Child Advocate Manager position candidates:
* Must possess a valid Florida Driver's License
* Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a
major in sociology, social work, psychology, child development,
education, juvenile justice, communications, or a related social
* Two years of experience in a program focusing on child welfare,
social service, counseling, teaching, or supervising volunteers
* All individuals hired after February 1, 2020, must obtain a Child
Advocate Manager Certification offered by the Florida Certification
Board within 12 months of hire date.
* Maintain certification during the duration of employment. Agency
pays costs of certification.
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please
check with the FRS at 1-844-377-1888 on how your current benefits
may be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.
Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or
deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative
Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence
in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the
Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring
authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735).
Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to
allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees
are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with
Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
Nearest Major Market: Port Saint Lucie
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